Medical marijuana is a hot topic these days, particularly with a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Amendment 2 seeks to legalize the use of marijuana for the relief of certain medical symptoms. Residents have several opportunities in the coming weeks to learn more.
At 10 a.m. Oct. 20, the Palm Beach Civic Association will host a debate on Amendment 2 with United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara (VoteYesOn2.org) and Jessica Spencer, director of VoteNoOn2.org. That event is open to the public and will be held in the parish hall of The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.
At other events, Spencer has said legalizing medical marijuana opens the door to recreational use. The proposed amendment, she has said, has a loophole that would allow wide use of marijuana.
Pollara said that concern doesn’t reflect reality.
“It very plainly states in the amendment that this is only for debilitating diseases and medical conditions as diagnosed by a Florida physician,” Pollara said.
Thus far, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.
The Civic Association is not taking a position on the issue, according to communication director Michael Brown.
“We’re trying to be educational on this issue. It’s very complex. That’s why we are having the debate and we are running a survey,” Brown said.
The association launched the online survey Sept. 25 to gauge residents’ opinion on the proposed legalization of medical marijuana. More than 180 residents have responded so far, and the results will be announced on Oct. 20, he said.
The survey is available online at palmbeachcivic.org/25/civic-association-survey-legalize-marijuana
To RSVP to the Oct. 20 event, visit palmbeachcivic.org/events or call 655-0820.
Related events are planned today at Nick and Johnnie’s and Friday at the Kravis Center.
From 6-9 tonight, the Orlando-based pro-medical marijuana group United For Care is set to host a “town meeting” at …read more